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School of Communication & the Arts Commissioning Ceremony

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COMMISSIONING CEREMONY DETAILS

Thursday, May 5 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
Campus Location: Shaw Chapel

Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2022.

School of Communication & the Arts Master’s and Doctoral graduates, guests, and faculty.
Graduates receiving an associate or bachelor’s degree must attend the CAS Commissioning Friday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. on the Library Plaza.

Congratulations! You have made it to graduation! We are excited that you have decided to join us for our Commissioning Service and look forward to meeting your families and friends.

This event will prayerfully commission you to serve the world as a Christian leader in your chosen field. The schedule includes:

  • Dean’s welcome
  • Charge from our Founder and Chancellor, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson
  • Presentation of Outstanding Student Awards
  • Formal reading of graduate names
  • Formal hooding of graduates
  • Faculty prayer and anointing of graduates
  • Professional headshots by Grad Images

To commission someone is “to entrust, or to give authority” or “to appoint or assign to a task or function.” Within the context of our graduation, Commissioning is a sacred and holy time of worship, consecration, reflection, prayer, and anointing.

The service will be streamed live beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 5.

Commencement (also known as graduation) will be held Saturday, May 7, beginning at 9:15 a.m. ET on the Library Plaza. This ceremony includes all graduates and faculty. Please view www.regent.edu/commencement for more information regarding Commencement.

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REHEARSAL

There will be a rehearsal on Wednesday, May 4, in the Shaw Chapel at 12 noon. It is highly recommended that you attend. Come as you are. We will be finished in about 30 minutes.

CEREMONY

Graduates are requested to line up at 12:30 p.m. on the Chapel Plaza outside in the front of Shaw Chapel. Family and friends are welcome; the doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for first-come seating (no tickets needed).

COMMISSIONING CEREMONY PROCEDURE

On Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., please come to the plaza in front of Shaw Chapel. Staff will direct graduates to the lineup. Wear your regalia and bring your hood. NO CAPS are needed for the commissioning service. Do not bring your cap. You will receive a program for the service when you arrive for the lineup. The procedure is as follows:

  • You will line up alphabetically within degrees beginning with Ph.D., DSC, MFA in Acting, MFA in CTV, MA in CTV, MA in FTV, MA in Communication, MA in Journalism and MA in Theatre.
  • You will be given an index card on which you will write your name how you want it to be read. (Sharpie provided!)
  • You will enter the chapel precisely at 1:00 p.m. via processional led by a Student Marshal.
  • You will have designated seats on the front right section.
  • A reader will be at the podium/microphone and will call groups by degree program. A Student Marshal will lead you out of your row to process onto the stage for hooding.
  • When you approach the podium, give your name card to the reader at the podium.
  • When your name is called, proceed toward Dr. Perry, who will be standing in the center of the stage. Hand Dr. Perry your hood and turn to face the audience. Dr. Perry will place your hood over your head and congratulate you. Proceed to stage left.
  • You will remain on stage in a group for individual prayer and anointing by your department faculty.
  • After you are anointed, each group will proceed stage right into the Choir Room for individual pictures and then return as a group back into the chapel to your row. You will return to a seat for the remainder of the service.
  • At the end of the ceremony, a Student Marshal will direct you to the front of the chapel on the plaza. Doctoral graduates will take their own group picture on the outside front steps of the chapel. Then the remaining graduates will have their group picture taken on the front steps.

DRESS CODE

As this is a special occasion and you will be standing on stage, men should wear dress pants. Women should wear dress pants, a skirt or a dress. All graduates should wear dress shoes (heels or flats). Please do not wear jeans, tennis shoes or flip-flops. Females are not to bring handbags. Do not bring a purse or drink as you cannot take items on stage, and you will not return to your original seat.

Please keep in mind, there is no cost, tickets, or guest limit to attend the School of Communication & the Arts Commissioning Ceremony.

Contact Margie Ackerman at mackerman@regent.edu for questions about the School of Communication & the Arts Commissioning Ceremony.